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KINDLE THEATRE – Pasta Vagina Masterclass

UK based Kindle Theatre will present a 20 minute masterclass on “how to make a pasta vagina”.
This masterclass will invite you to construct from scratch your own pasta vagina, along with a live audience participating from the studio theatre in Warwick Arts Centre as part of PILOT NIGHTS.
For Festival Verão Azul we will connect a live and online global audience in this playful act to invite discussion about how to make performance when you have limited or no resources, and to explore the dual function of art as both nourishment and provocation.
Warm up your hands and we’ll guide you through the delicate construction.
Conceived and performed by Kindle Theatre – Emily Ayres, Samantha Fox and Olivia Winteringham.

Kindle Theatre is led by Emily Ayres, Samantha Fox and Olivia Winteringham, and is based in Birmingham, England.
We create performances that seek to playfully reinvent the theatrical experience; exploring intimate and communal exchanges within the live event. The projects range from large scale theatrical banquet to sweaty rock gig; often including innovative food, audience engagement and live music. Kindle shows are always ensemble-led.
The Furies is our latest experiment into extended voice technique, using vocal expression to create an electrifying atmosphere.

Kindle’s Pasta Vagina dough recipe:
Salt and pepper to taste
A pan of salted boiling water for when you want to cook it.
Important: You will need to make both the pasta and the vagina parts before the live stream at 21hr30 on Friday 30th November.
Pasta Dough:
Take the flour and if not yet measured out then pour a mound into your hand. Put this onto a clean work surface. This amount of flour will give you enough dough for a lot of pasta vagina – maybe up to 15 – but that depends on the size you want your vagina to be.
Create a hole in the centre of the mound and crack the whole egg into the middle. It may spill over the sides but don’t worry about this just mix the egg and the flour together. This is very messy and sticky at first. As the egg and flour start to mix it will look a bit like bread crumbs or goo. If you have smaller hands there may be less flour to egg so it may be stickier, don’t worry. Add more flour if it’s sticky.
When the dough starts to come together into a ball add the table spoon of mashed up beetroot / beetroot juice to give it the pink colour. If the dough has been dry this will help to moisten it up and if your dough is too wet keep adding a bit of flour. It will look very pink – once cooked it will become a lighter pink. Now keep kneading and massaging the dough until it holds together. The more you knead the dough the better as you want to develop the gluten which will help your pasta to be springy not flabby once cooked. Knead it until it is smooth and silky rather than rough so keep kneading.
Initial mixing will take you around 10 minutes and then knead for a further 10 minutes at least. When its springy and smooth wrap tightly in clingfilm and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or over night before you start to roll out the pasta.
Vagina parts:
Take the dough out of the fridge and break off a piece of the dough about the size of walnut. If you have a pasta machine then pass the pasta through the largest setting over and over again, folding the dough and gradually getting thinner and down to the lowest setting. Use flour so it doesn’t stick If you don’t have a pasta machine you can use a rolling pin or a wine bottle – be careful not to break the wine bottle if you choose this method as you will cut yourself. When rolling it by hand keep rolling out the dough and folding it back on itself. Repeat until it’s very thin but firm and holds its shape. You will know its thin enough when you can see light through it but so it’s not broken or torn. It will be at most 1 mm.
Now tear or cut the pasta into pieces. We prefer to tear our pasta because it gives less formal, surgical edges. Your approach to cutting it up to you. Cover the pasta in a damp cloth until you are ready to use it. This will prevent it from drying out and becoming brittle. If this happens it will be difficult to shape it.
Per vagina you will need:
1 x rectangular piece approx 50mm x 70mm
1 x rectangular piece approx 30mm x 10mm
A dollop of goat’s cheese
Your wet tongue